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M50 murder - Timeline
The key events in the murder of Marie Wilks, and the subsequent Police investigation.
Saturday 18 June 1988
Marie Wilks drives her 13 month old son, to her parent's house, where she picks up her youngest sister, Georgina, who was 11 years old.
The Marina car Marie was driving
Marie had only passed her driving test two months earlier, and this was her first big trip.
She was driving the family's Morris Marina Coupe.
She drove to Symonds Yat, using country roads, to meet her husband Adrian, was instructing 43 boys from the Hereford and Worcester Army Cadet Force.
6.40pm: Last confirmed sighting of Eddie Browning – in Pontypridd. Agreed by defence and prosecution in the subsequent trial.
Police search the embankment
She left at 7pm, and didn't mean to use the M50 motorway, but got lost on her way back to Worcester.
The car broke down on the eastbound carriageway, 700 yards from emergency phone 2076B.
Marie left the two children in the car, and walked to the emergency phone:
Sunday 19 June
Dawn – blood found around the emergency call box.
The murder scene
Monday 20 June
6.00pm: Marie's body found, three miles away from where her car broke down. She had been left down the embankment, on the eastbound carriageway. She'd been stabbed in the left hand side of her throat, cutting the carotid artery. She also had been hit or kicked on the left side of her head. Her jaw was broken. There was evidence that a car had driven onto the hard shoulder, then reversed behind the crash barrier.
Tuesday 21 June
7.30pm: Memorial service held at St George's Church in Barbourne, where Marie had been baptised and confirmed a month before. The service was taken by the Rev. Sam Lowe.
Artist's impression of the suspect
Wednesday 22 June
Marie Wilks Family Appeal fund launched by the Worcester Evening News and the Hereford and Worcester Army Cadet Force. It would have been the couple's 3rd wedding anniversary.
Friday 24 June
The Police release an artist's impression of a man seen at the scene. The description they released at the time said they were looking for a man who was "white, with thin, sharp features, a pronounced chin and a long nose, in his 20's, of a youngish appearance. His hair was cut in the modern style, blonde, short and spiky, with possible yellow or orange highlights. He was of smart casual appearance, as if on his way to a night out. He was wearing a blue/white striped shirt, dark or royal blue trousers."
Police begin the search
Saturday 25 June
The police stage a reconstruction.
7.00pm: Eddie Browning arrested at a social club in Pentre – about the same time the reconstruction was taking place.
Tuesday 28 June.
Eddie Browning appears in an identity parade in Worcester.
Wednesday 29 June
Edward Owen Browning charged with murder at Worcester magistrates court.
Wednesday 14 July
The inquest into Marie's death opens.
Wednesday 20 July
Marie's funeral in Worcester – Mourners sang the hymns, Abide With Me, and The Lord's My Shepherd.
Saturday 6 August
A memorial service is held at Worcester cathedral.
Monday 22 August
The Marie Wilks Family Appeal fund, launched in June, tops £16,000. Sylvia, Marie's mother says: "It is fantastic that this money has been donated, and the family are very grateful. Money cannot bring Marie back, but it will be a help to Adrian, and for (their son) later on."
Thursday 15 December
The Marie Wilks Family Appeal fund tops £26,000.
3 October 1989
Trial of Eddie Browning starts at Shrewsbury Crown Court.
Friday 10 November
Eddie Browning found guilty of the murder of Marie Wilks.
First appeal by Eddie Browning fails.
May 14 1994
Eddie Browning released by Appeal Court, who decided his conviction was unsafe, because evidence was kept from his trial by the Police.
Judges ruled that the jurors might have changed their mind if they had known of Police evidence about the murderer's car, that was not disclosed at the trial.
Inspector Peter Clarke
The Police had not disclosed a video in which Peter Clarke, an off-duty West Mercia officer, was filmed four days before Mr Browning's arrest. He was filmed, supposedly partly under hypnosis. He described a sliver-grey non-metallic non-hatchback Renault car, with chrome bumpers and the registration number C856 HFK. Mr Browning's car was a hatchback Renault, with plastic bumpers, and the registration number C754 VAD.
The Police also failed to disclose two messages provided earlier in the enquiry by Mr Clarke, and another witness, of what they had seen on the M50. Neither message contained any reference to a C registration, although both witnesses later provided evidence referring to this letter.
Disciplinary proceedings began against Superintendent Anthony Stanley, who was accused of neglect of duty.
Eddie Browning was later awarded damages, believed to be in excess of £600,000.
last updated: 17/06/2008 at 15:57